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Voyages of Admiral Zheng He

Admiral Zheng He was an offical of the Ming Dynasty. Between 1405 to 1433, Admiral Zheng He was sent by Emperor Yongle on seven diplomatic missions to increase trade and tributes from foreign powers.

Some of the sites relating to the Admiral Zheng He and the voyages are recorded in this page.

China sites related Admiral Zheng He:
1st Voyage 1405-1407:
2nd Voyage 1407-1409:
3rd Voyage 1409-1411:
4th Voyage 1413-1415:
5th Voyage 1417-1419:
6th Voyage 1421-1422:
7th Voyage 1431-1433:

China Yunnan Province

East Asia

Zheng He Memorial Hall, Jinning County, Kunming City

China Beijing

East Asia

Former Residence of Admiral Zheng He, Xicheng District, Beijing City

The residence in the Sanbulao Hutong was where Admiral Zheng stayed in Beijing while serving Zhu Di, the Prince Yan. He was later assigned to lead the voyages when Zhu Di became Emperor Yongle.

China Jiangsu Province

East Asia

Treasure Ship Ruins Site Tianfei Ancient Temple

This Mazu Temple was first built in 1407 after Admiral Zhenghe returned from the first voyage. It was reconstructed in 2005 for the 600th anniversary of the voyages.

Admiral Zheng He Treasure Ship Park, Nanjing City

The treasure ship replica was built as part of the 600th anniversary commemoration of the voyages in 2006.

Admiral Zhenghe Treasure Ship Ruins Park Ship Docks, Nanjing City

Most of the 62 ships in the maiden with over 27,000 sailors including the 136m flagship were built here. Three of the seven docks had been excavated.

Admiral Zhenghe Treasure Ship Ruins Park Statue of Admiral Zhenghe, Nanjing City

Calm Sea Temple, Nanjing City

Admiral Zhenghe lived in this temple late in his life.

Tianfei Palace, Nanjing City

This Tianfei Palace or Princess of Heavan Palace was built in 1407 during the Ming Dynasty to honour Goddness Mazu for blessing Admiral Zhenghe after his successful first voyage. For the next 6 voyages, Admiral Zhenghe seek Goddness Mazu's blessing before each sailing and came back to thank her after each return.

Tomb of Admiral Zheng He, Nanjing City

Tianfei Temple,Liujiagang, Taicang City

Liujiagang is the port that Admiral set off from to start the voyages.

Tianfei Temple Stele of Tongfan Deed, Taicang City

China Fujian Province

East Asia

Zhenghe Maritime Museum, Changle District, Fuzhou City

The museum was constructed in 1985 to celebrate the 500th anniversay of Admiral Zhenghe's voyages. The museum was built on the site of Nanshan Tianfei Temple that Admiral Zhenghe requested the Ming Emperor to built in 1412. The temple's bell and Admiral Zhenghe Steele recording the voyages are now in the museum.

Zhenghe Maritime Museum Repilca Bronze Bell of Former San Qing Temple

The bell was casted in 1431 for the Temple before Admiral Zhenghe's fleet set off from Changle during the 7th voyage.

Zhenghe Maritime Museum Zhenghe Steel

The steele was placed in the Nanshan Tianfei Temple in 1431 before Admiral Zhenghe's fleet set off from Changle during the 7th voyage.

Zhenghe Park Shengshou Pagoda

The 27.4m 7-storey octagonal pagoda was built in 1117 to pray for longevity of Emperor Huizhong (1082-1135).

The pagoda was used by Admiral Zhenghe's fleet as a marker to sail in and out of Changle port.

China Guangdong

East Asia

Chiwan Tianhou Temple, Nanshan District, Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province

The temple is one of the important stopover for Admiral Zheng He's fleet. In 1403, Admiral Zhenghe fleet sailed past shenzhen. He sent officals to repair the main entrance of the temple and planted a tree in the temple ground.


Southeast Asia

Dragon's Teeth Gate, Labrador Park

The Dragon's Teeth Gate or Longyamen was a rock at Keppel Habour. The rock help ships navigate the straits between Sentosa Island and Labrador. The Dragon's Teeth Gate is believed to have helped Admiral Zheng He sailed around Singapore waters in all his 7 voyages.

The Dragon's Teeth Gate was destroyed by the British in 1848 to widen the channel. The Singapore governemnt erected a replica at the original site in 2005 to mark the 600th anniversay of Admiral Zheng He's voyages.

Life Size Replica Treasure Ship bow, Maritime Experiential Museum & Aquarium

The Treasure Ship replica is one of the exhibits on Asian Martime history. The cross section of the vessal showed where the animals from Africa were placed.


Southeast Asia

Sam Poo Kong Temple, Semarang, Central Java

The temple was established by Admiral Zheng He. Some of the crew stayed behind and settled in Java. Admiral Zheng He visited Aceh, Palembang, Cirebon, Gresik and Lasem in presnet day Indonesia.

Giant Bell Cakra Donya, Aceh, North Sumatra

The bell was believed to be given by Admiral Zheng He to Sultan of Aceh. It is displayed at Aceh Museum now.

Cheng Hoo Mosque, Surabaya, East Java

Cheng Hoo Mosque is named after Admiral Zheng He to recognise his role in the spread of Islam.


Southeast Asia

Wat Kalayanamit

The Temple was built in 1825 by a Thai Chinese trader who donated the temple to King Nangklao Rama III. The ordination hall houses the Buddha Phra Phuttha Trai Rattananayok or Luang Pho To in Thai or Sampokong in Chinese. The Buddha image represents both Buddha and Admiral Zheng He. The Chinese prays for prosperity, good fortune and safe journeys throughout the year. The temple has Chinese and Thai architectural style and has the largest bell in Thailand.This is one of three temples in Thailand that is related to Admirla Zheng He. The other two are Wat Phanan Choeng in Ayutthaya and Wat Uphai in Chacheongsao province.


Southeast Asia

Site of warehouse complex Guan Chang, Malacca

The site is believed to be where warehouse complex were built by Admiral Zheng He to serve as the temporary storehouse. Five Ming Dynasty era wells were found during the museum construction.The building now houses the Cheng Ho Museum.

Sam Poh Temple, Malacca

Sam Poh Footprint Temple, Penang

The temple was built over a stone with a footprint on it. The locals believed that it is the footprint of Admiral Zheng He.

Sri Lanka

South Asia

Galle Trilingual Inscription, Colombo National Museum, Colombo City

The Galle Trilingual Inscription dated 15 February 1409 was installed at Galle. It recorded the Admiral making offerings to Buddha and to mountain Adam Peak. The Inscription was found in Galle in 1911.

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